*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*AS YOU ARE....*
Mark 8: 22-25 *And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.*
*And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.*
*And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.*
*After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.*
*lnsight and Highlight.*
Come as you are to Christ, but you will not go away as you were.
Be not afraid to come to Jesus as you are, but be assured that you will not leave as you came to Him.
Jesus did not let the blind man go until his sight was highly restored.
The story of Jesus's healing of the blind man teaches us a few things.
First, it teaches us that though a man has eyes, he may not see clearly.
Not all eyes see the way God expects them to see. The fact that he could see meant his eyes could see but not clearly.
Second, how men could look like trees that have no close resemblance to human image is troubling.
It tells you people see strange things with their eyes.
The only explanation that can be offered to this strangeness is man's inability to see others in a way different from what God has made them.
We could see men similar to other humans but certainly not as trees.
This explains how we see ourselves when there is nothing desired of others we see.
People appear as trees when we do not feel for them as humans should feel about other humans.
People appear as trees when they do not mean anything to us. They look at trees when they do not mean anything to us.
We maltreat others when we do not see them as men (or human beings or children of men)
When we do not see clearly, we see sin as acceptable. We see it as trees, but Christ is saying that we should take another look, and we will see it clearly. When we see clearly enough, we will see that sin is death.
When we see men as men, Jesus was saying that we will see men as they are. This is as you are.
When we do not respect our spouses, we see them as trees. We do not see them as human beings.
When we do not respect people. We see them as trees, not as men. We see them but nothing to be desired of them.
Second, it teaches us to always take a second look or seek another or others' views besides our own first views or look.
It teaches us that we should see people the way they are or how God has made them. When we do, we will be able to see them as humans who need our help.
What do you see, better still, how do you see?
The blind man saw men who did not look like men. People can see you but see something different.
*Call to Word action.*
When we see men as trees, we can not see how useful they will ever be to us.
*The Christian clarion duty.*
We must always ask God to help us see clearly. Those who see clearly will fulfill God's will.
Lord, as You did not give up on the blind man until he saw, do not give up on me until l see clearly, in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day.
God bless you.